SpaceX is poised to make on June 1 the 100th launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad #39A. The launch will lift-off from the historic Florida pad where 82 Space Shuttle Flights and 11 Apollo Flights lifted off from. The unmanned Skylab was also launched from this pad in 1973. This will be SpaceX’s 6th
SpaceX, acting as a commercial cargo provider for NASA, is scheduled to take a Dragon cargo craft to the International Space Station at 5:55pm ET on June 1. This is the eleventh commercial resupply services mission for SpaceX.
NASA Television and the NASA website will begin launch coverage at 5:15pm, followed by the post-launch news conference at 7:30pm. Weatherboy will also have a Facebook Live stream of the launch.
The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft will liftoff on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, carrying almost 6,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the Expedition 52 and 53 crew members. The unpressurized “trunk” of the Dragon will also transport solar panels, equipment to study neutron stars, and tools for Earth-observation. Some of these tools will be mounted to MUSES which is a platform designed to host Earth-looking instruments, such as high-resolution digital cameras and multi- or hyperspectral instruments, and provide precision pointing, inertia-stabilization, and other accommodations.